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26 July 2018
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New policy advisor at Consult Australia – James Robertson


James Robertson joins the Consult Australia national team as the new Policy Advisor. James joins us from Consult Australia's sister organisation in the UK. He has a background in the Australian Public Service and in consulting, having worked on reforms in transport, infrastructure, security and health policy areas. James is based in Melbourne and will be supporting our skills, diversity, migration and infrastructure funding policy activities. Please feel free to contact him on 0448 853 144 or at

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Policy news

Are you compliant with the QLD Labour Hire Licensing Law?

The QLD Office of Industry Relations (QOIR) attended Consult Australia's Liability and Contracts Roundtable last week to provide an overview of the new QLD Labour Hire Licensing Law requirements. If you are providing staff on genuine secondments, then these arrangements do not require your business to hold a licence. However, if you are sourcing staff external to your business, then on-supplying them to a client, you will need to look carefully at whether a license is required. Consult Australia will be preparing guidance for members to build on the QOIR's guidance, which is available here.



Australian Government consultation: Women in STEM

As announced in last year's federal budget, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has been tasked with developing a strategy to encourage more females into STEM education and careers. To support this work, the Department has been in touch with Consult Australia to seek feedback on their discussion paper. The Policy Team will work with Consult Australia's People and HR Roundtable to develop a response over the week ahead. Please contact James Robertson if you have feedback on the discussion paper.



Western Australia Modernising Work Health and Safety Laws

The WA Government is planning to replace the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2001, with a modernised Work Health and Safety Act for WA, based on the national model. A consultation document on the proposals has been released with a closing date of 31 August 2018, to view the document and for more information click here.



Standard ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use: to be adopted in Australia

Australia will begin the adoption process for the International Standard ISO 45001. This Standard sets out requirements for an OH&S management system. It is worth noting that the proposed Standard will provide guidance on the requirements to manage psychological health and safety risk within an OH&S management system. The document is open for public comment until 28 August 2018 here. Note: you will need to register to provide comment.



Infrastructure Priority List 2019 – Call for Submissions

Infrastructure Australia is seeking submissions for the next update of the Infrastructure Priority List, which will be published in February 2019. They are inviting Australia's governments and non-government bodies to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance, including programs of related works and programs for network optimisation. The deadline is 31 August 2018. Click here for information.



Bipartisanship on the Melbourne Airport rail link

A significant milestone was reached over the weekend on the much-discussed rail link to Melbourne Airport. Both the Victorian Government and opposition have agreed to match the Federal Government’s $5 billion funding commitment to the project. While there will likely be some debate to come on the final route, bipartisan agreement on funding the project makes the concept of a rail link to Melbourne Airport even more realistic. A copy of the Victorian Government’s strategic appraisal on their preferred route, also released over the weekend, is available here.



Phoenix Hotline Established to Report Suspected Phoenix Behaviour

Illegal phoenix activity occurs when a new company is created to continue the business of a company that has been deliberately liquidated to avoid paying its debts, including taxes, creditors and employee entitlements. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has created a hotline for individuals and companies to report suspected phoenix behaviour by others. The ATO has issued guidance on what to look out for from a company you are working with – view the guidance and hotline info here.


Member services & events

Save the Date – 2018 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

The 2018 Awards for Excellence gala dinner will be held in Melbourne at the Park Hyatt on Wednesday 10 October. Put it in your calendar now and come along to celebrate a year of outstanding people and projects. Tickets will be onsale next week!


Consult Australia Male Champions Of Change Maintaining Momentum – 29 August Melbourne

Join the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change for lunch at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 August for the presentation of this year's progress report. There will also be a discussion on the initiatives they feel are vital to maintain momentum in the pursuit of improved gender equality, improved employee engagement, and higher performance and innovation in our industry. Further information on the event can be found here.


2019 Client Choice Awards now open

Consult Australia is delighted to announce that Consulting Engineering and Built Environment firms of all sizes are now able to enter the Client Choice Awards. To do this Consult Australia is partnering with beaton, the Australian-based pre-eminent ratings and review consultancy for the professions. Entries are now open and surveying begins on 1 October this year. The Winners will be announced on 27 March next year and every firm that enters will receive a full report on the feedback from their clients.

Industry news

Geocellullar Stormwater Management

In Australia, there are regulations governing stormwater quality and detention. Policies and guidelines are put into place supporting innovative solutions to conserve, retain and reuse our most valuable water resource. ACO StormBrixx® is a unique patented plastic geocellular stormwater management system designed for surface water retention, detention and infiltration. It is a versatile system suitable for applications across all construction environments. It can be installed as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). Click here for more info.



Professional Development


Upcoming professional development courses

Did you know that Consult Australia also offers in-house training?
Consult Australia can run our Contracts for Consultants, Role of the Superintendent and Safety in Design courses for your team in-house and can also give you the option to tailor the content to specifically meet your firm’s requirements. Prices for in-house courses are very competitive and you can get more information here or by emailing Enquire now!

Role of the Superintendent | Full Day
This one-day in-house program addresses the legal principles which underpin the role of the superintendent in administering construction and engineering contracts. Superintendents will gain the necessary skills to administer contracts with improved understanding and confidence, more effectively and openly, being aware of common traps that have derailed even the most experienced superintendents. More information / registration.
Brisbane: 8 August
Perth: 29 August

Contracts for Consultants | Two and a Half Days
Review contracts with confidence. This two-and-a-half day course will systematically take you through each element of a contract so you know what to look out for, how to deal with onerous terms, and how to ensure your insurance will respond. The course is supported by extensive case studies and workshop sessions. More information / registration.
Brisbane: 9-11 August
Perth: 30 August - 1 September

Safety in Design | Two Days
This intensive two-day seminar addresses safety issues relating to design and provides practical tools on how to eliminate hazards at the design stage. Examples of documentation and procedures are given so you can incorporate SiD into your day-to-day practices. Key advice will be given on compliance with legislative duties across all states. More information / registration.
Brisbane: 20-21 August
Perth: 6-7 September


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